East Asia

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Off the Clock

Is a Spanish attempt to hold China accountable for abuses in Tibet the end of the global policeman?

David Bosco |

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Pacific Wager

The White House is gambling America's global standing on a trade deal with Asia. Don't bet on Congress to get it done.

James Traub |

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Tea Leaf Nation

Tears for Fears

Chinese educators are rethinking the learn-and-churn model.

Yiqin Fu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Red Rover, Red Rover

Chinese loved to hate their space program -- until its mascot became a talking, web-savvy bunny.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Taiwan in My Mind

What the island -- or is that rogue province? -- looks like to Mainland Chinese.

Yueran Zhang |

Report

An Offer They Can't Refuse

Will China win its 65-year war with Taiwan -- without firing a shot?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Report

The Geopolitics of Gas Exports

Why lawmakers from both parties, and plenty of countries overseas, are desperate to speed up U.S. energy exports

Keith Johnson |

Tea Leaf Nation

K-Pop, Cat GIFs, and Constitutionalism

How an arcane democratic term became more popular online than the moon landing.

David Caragliano |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Dumpling Effect

Did Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to a dumpling shop create a pilgrimage site?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Official: China Is Becoming a New Innovation Powerhouse

The world's factory is turning into an R&D machine -- and fast catching up with America.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Smile for Sochi

Chinese state media is going soft on the Winter Games, while Chinese visitors seem to be having a ball.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

China's Lunar New Year used to be special -- until people there got richer and more connected.

Yuan Ren |

Tea Leaf Nation

Zero Dark Dirty

Beijing still considers a surprising amount of information secret.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why It's Dangerous to Say 'We Are All Chinese'

A starlet discovers the hard way how much Hong Kongers dislike their mainland bretheren.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Red Carpet Follies

China's biggest TV show is losing its grip on the public imagination. 

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's 'Chicken Fart Decade'

Netizens suffocating in smog have a new way to protest the negative effects of GDP growth.

Bethany Allen |

Argument

The Arms Race Goes Hypersonic

Why China's new ultrafast missile has Moscow and Washington scrambling.

James M. Acton |

Tea Leaf Nation

Whisper Together

Startling new findings suggest China's social media crackdown is working. But where are the users going?

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Did a billionaire Chinese microblogger briefly return to the digital public square, just days after his release from confinement?

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

March of the 'Sea Turtles'

Some of China's best and brightest return home after jaunts overseas -- only to leave again.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

The Great Debtscape

Why China's economy is not going to be swallowed alive by its massive deficit.

Arthur Kroeber |

Tea Leaf Nation

Get Out of Jail Cheap

Tips and tricks for getting out of Chinese prison early -- just in case.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

Song of Herself

Once again, Australian Open champ Li Na didn't thank her homeland -- and China noticed.

Liz Carter |

Argument

Clique-Bait

Why is the Chinese Communist Party so afraid of legal activist Xu Zhiyong? 

Yiyi Lu |

Argument

A Dream Deferred

How a recent exposé vindicates activist Xu Zhiyong's vision for China. 

Phelim Kine |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Freedom to Say Nothing

Hong Kong journalists have found another way to protest against Beijing's encroachment.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Net, Interrupted

Chinese wonder who rerouted two-thirds of their Internet.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

'I Came to This World Naked'

China's erstwhile No. 2 tries to fend off corruption implications -- and the public isn't buying it.

Gloria Wang |